Your skin can struggle to put up with environmental exposures, aging and improper care, and you might be looking for some methods to help counteract that. There are many options that you can explore with your dermatologist to treat aging skin, and minimally invasive treatments are your best option.
Botox is probably the most well-known minimally invasive treatment against dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are a type of wrinkle that’s caused by repetitive muscle movements in the face. They include frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. They appear on skin as it ages because our skin loses much of its elasticity as time goes on. This makes the skin more dry and less able to retain its structure.
Botox is an injectable drug that uses a protein derived from the botulinum toxin. It’s very safe, but also incredibly effective at freezing the muscles responsible for creating these dynamic wrinkles. With less repetitive movement, the skin has more time to repair itself and ease the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Since it’s an injection, there are some risks of bruising or bleeding, but your dermatologist can discuss your risk factors before going ahead with the treatment. In all, it’s far less invasive than face lifts or other surgical procedures.
Dermal fillers are a group of injectable products that can greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face and hands. Many dermal fillers employ hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance responsible for moisture retention in the skin. Besides supplementing the injection site with natural proteins, dermal fillers also fill the space to some degree, helping plump up skin. Some dermal fillers actually don’t use hyaluronic acid at all, instead combating wrinkles with gel microspheres made of calcium hydroxyapatite. These microspheres fill voids in the skin and help encourage the skin to produce more collagen. Dermal fillers can also cause bleeding or bruising for some people, but these side effects are short-lived and not very common. Results can last for months and be maintained whenever necessary.
Collagen induction therapy is by far the least invasive of the three cosmetic skin procedures we’re discussing right now, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get results. CIT works by promoting your skin’s production of collagen. Collagen is a protein responsible for so many things within the body. In your skin, collagen helps it retain its form and keeps it firm and supple. Collagen induction therapy involves a device that has multiple, very small and sterile needles that are run over the skin. The treatment focuses on areas that are wrinkled and aged, and superficially damage the skin. When the skin is damaged, it works extra hard to restore its structure by creating collagen. After the signs of superficial damage wear off, skin is noticeably more full and free of wrinkles and blemishes. Of all these treatments, collagen induction therapy is the least invasive and has the fewest possible side effects. It also produces the weakest results, but that’s not to say it doesn’t work. CIT also works well to treat acne scars and other blemishes that are unrelated to aging, so it’s a very versatile treatment.
Regardless of your needs for minimally invasive wrinkle treatment, there is something out there that your dermatologist can provide for you. If you’re looking to get rid of wrinkles without going under the knife, reach out to the pros at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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